Engage. Encourage. Empower.

Mentoring has been proven to improve veterans treatment court outcomes. To achieve this success, it is critical that all mentors, as well as court team members, are trained on the core components of effective mentoring.

Justice For Vets has mentoring resources available to all members of the veterans treatment court team. 

ONLINE MENTOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

New Courses Available!

Online professional development is now available to all volunteer veteran mentors, mentor coordinators and veterans treatment court staff.

These free modules were developed in partnership with Psycharmor Institute and are designed to provide you with critical fundamentals necessary to be an effective mentor or incorporate mentoring in your veterans treatment court program.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Click ENROLL

    You will be directed to the PsychArmor website.

  • Complete short registration form

    If you already have a PsychArmor account you can use your current username and password to join the group.

  • Access Courses

    Select 'My Learning' from the top banner, then select 'My Dashboard'. All available mentor courses will be listed.

AVAILABLE COURSES

What is a Veterans Treatment Court?

Justice For Vets is dedicated to transforming the way the justice system identifies, assesses and treats veterans who are involved in the justice system due to mental health disorders, trauma, and substance use. In this course, veteran mentors will learn about the veterans treatment court program, the VTC team composition and the phases associated with the VTC program.

Duration: 13m 48s

*NEW* Mentoring a Participant with a Substance Use Disorder

The military culture has a history of embracing the use of alcohol as a community-based way to relax, celebrate, mourn and enjoy leave. Despite the fact that all service branches have drastically tried to shift this culture in recent years, for some service members abuse and dependence issues have resulted. In this course, we talk about alcohol and other substance use disorders, what treatment looks like, and how a mentor can use this knowledge when mentoring someone who has been clinically diagnosed with one.

Duration: 7m 35s

*NEW* Risk Factors for Repeated Justice Involvement

In this course, mentees will learn about some of the most significant risk factors for criminal justice involvement, actions they may be able to take to help reduce their mentee’s likelihood of further criminal involvement, as well as the typical level of risk and need that we see in participants in our treatment courts today.

Duration: 13m 01s

Role of a Veteran Mentor

“Leave no Veteran behind.” That is the motto each veteran mentor exemplifies. In this course, Justice For Vets Division Director Scott Tirocchi discusses the mission of the mentor program, how mentors are recruited and trained and provides insight on successful mentorship within the veterans treatment court.

Duration: 10m 24s

Communications Skills

Within the veterans treatment court program, communication is key, especially for veteran mentors. In this course, mentors will learn how to communicate effectively with multiple people, including program participants, court officials, community resources and mentors.

Duration: 9m 34s

*NEW* Mentor Self Care

Working with a mentee can be especially rewarding and at times, somewhat challenging. Adopting effective skills that a mentor can use which promote self-care for the purpose of reducing stress/anxiety and possible secondary traumatic stress are discussed in greater detail during this course.  

Duration: 10m 4s

*NEW* Empowering Your Mentee Into Wellness

In this course, mentors focus on the principle of Empowerment and discuss ways this principle can be applied in a practical manner that will influence positive change in their mentee’s lifestyle and propel them a direction of long term personal wellness.

Duration: 10m 49s

Boundaries and Confidentiality

Maintaining professional boundaries and confidentiality within the veterans treatment court is critical both to the mentee’s successful completion of the program and to the mentor’s personal well-being. In this course, you’ll learn how to establish boundaries with your mentee and maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality.

Duration: 10m 24s

*NEW* Suicide Awareness and Prevention

All veterans treatment court team members - regardless of role or duty, should be apprised of the fundamental concepts related to suicide prevention and awareness; it is everyone’s responsibility. This course discusses actions that a mentor may need to take in response to a mentee in crisis.

Duration: 9m 48s

*NEW* A Trauma Informed Approach

In this course you will learn how common trauma exposure is in our society as well as the rationale for having a trauma informed approach when rapport building with your mentee. Practical techniques that you can apply in your interactions with your mentee, who may also be a trauma survivor are discussed.

Duration: 7m 26s

ADDITIONAL MENTOR RESOURCES

In addition to the resources listed below we encourage you to use resources available from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Resource Directory.

Ten Key Components of Veterans Treatment Courts

Ten Key Components of Veterans Treatment Courts

Dispatch from the Front Lines  – Education

Dispatch from the Front Lines – Education

Dispatch from the Front Lines – Department of Labor

Dispatch from the Front Lines – Department of Labor

Dispatch from the Front Lines – State Departments of Veterans Affairs

Dispatch from the Front Lines – State Departments of Veterans Affairs

Dispatch from the Front Lines – VSOs

Dispatch from the Front Lines – VSOs

Dispatch from the Front Lines – The VBA

Dispatch from the Front Lines – The VBA

Federal Confidentiality Laws and How They Affect Drug Court Practitioners

Federal Confidentiality Laws and How They Affect Drug Court Practitioners

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Webinar: Volunteer Veteran Mentors: Recruit – Train – Maintain

2017 Listing of VSO contacts

VSO Directory

overview of VA benefits.

Federal Benefits for Veterans